Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

Summary: Seagate new Barracuda XT isn't the first internal hard drive to reach the 3TB plateau, but it does make it easier to access all of that storage if you are still using Windows XP or have a system with a PC BIOS controller.The problem for those with such legacy technology is that they don't natively support storage beyond 2.

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Seagate new Barracuda XT isn't the first internal hard drive to reach the 3TB plateau, but it does make it easier to access all of that storage if you are still using Windows XP or have a system with a PC BIOS controller.

The problem for those with such legacy technology is that they don't natively support storage beyond 2.1TB, which means there's little purpose to buying a 3TB drive if you're losing almost a third of that capacity. Seagate has devised a software workaround in the latest version of its DiscWizard utility to let XP and/or PC BIOS desktops access the full 3 terabytes. Essentially, DiscWizard sets up a device driver that it manages (not Windows) for the drive's storage above 2.1TB.

If you have a newer desktop with a UEFI BIOS controller (and Windows Vista or Windows 7), it can handle 3TB natively, but Seagate has you covered, too. It spins at 7,200rpm, features a 64MB cache, and makes use of the Serial ATA 6Gb/s interface.

Online retailer Provantage.com is showing the drive for a shade under $270, which isn't cheap, but they'll be some out there willing to pay for that massive amount of storage.

Topics: Hardware, Microsoft, Windows

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  • Nice.. but....

    I seem to recall reading somewhere that the larger the capacity of the drive, the greater the risk of data corruption and loss, be it silent or otherwise.
    Hallowed are the Ori
    • RE: Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

      @Hallowed are the Ori: Data corruption, silent or otherwise, happens to all storage media and can be protected against by running scans periodically for corrupted files and always backing up onto either another drive or tape, etc.

      The odds of such corruption are per area and density, not precisely to total data capacity, and apply to <i><b>all</b></i> drives. So, yes, larger capacity drives compared to the same technology used in lower capacity drives will suffer from this proportionally.

      However, most drives have much more than the reported capacity to not only handle drive overhead (sync, checksums, etc..) but to combat this creeping crud using higher level ECC techniques. So, even though more "corrosion" may occur, stronger remedies are applied.
      RyuDarragh
      • Thanks

        @RyuDarragh

        I see. Thanks for the info. :)
        Hallowed are the Ori
  • RE: Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

    Since you can buy three 2TB drives and put them in a RAID-5 array for less money, I think that makes more sense.
    compcentral2
    • RE: Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

      @compcentral2 With drives that large, I'd rather do RAID-6 or RAID-1. Rebuild times are too high to not expect a failure on RAID 5.
      cgarrett
      • RE: Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

        @cgarrett ... ... But, but ... RAID 1 isn't going to do you any good as far as I can see that way. Plus they're internal drives.
        tom@...
  • RE: Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

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    sdghjyky
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      Hallowed are the Ori
  • RE: Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

    Wow... brings back memories of Western Digital and Maxtor's tools way back in the day to allow you to use your 2gb drive on your PC <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy">

    I'll wait until they fix the BIOSes
    bc3tech
    • RE: Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

      @bc3tech: They already have. If you have a Flash based BIOS (which includes the UEFI type), you can get an upgrade for this. If you don't, or get a mobo that doesn't have a flash BIOS/UEFI, then you're SOL unless you use the tool offered.
      RyuDarragh
  • Have had no luck with Seagate

    These past few years I have had nothing but bad luck with Seagate drives above 500GB. My school district keeps buying them and they keep failing. We have them up to 1.5TB.

    Also in my side work I have seen more seagate drives failed in the past few years than any other brand. I have kind of lost confidence in them to be honest.
    bobiroc
    • RE: Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

      @bobiroc
      I agree, WD is my preferred brand, even Hitachi have been good lately and cheap.
      Hasam1991
    • RE: Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

      @bobiroc
      I've got 2 Seagate 1.5 Barracudas. One has worked flawlessly for about a year. The other was DOA when I bought it and it took me about a year to get around to RMA it. Thankfully in that amount of time, I have not had a single problem with the first one....the second was intended to mirror the first.
      VRSpock
    • RE: Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

      @bobiroc: Heh. Only the "Barracuda (Seagate)/Caviar (WD)" brands seem to have the fail mode for me. Especially back with the 2GB Caviar from WD. Other than that, have never had a drive go bad from Seagate, WD or Maxtor and that's from 10MB all the way to 2TB and most get used for a minimum of 2-5 Years. Hey! It was always the FISH themed drives that gave me trouble and did the CLACK/SPUNG of death! Hmmmm...
      RyuDarragh
      • RE: Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

        @RyuDarragh

        In terms of luck I have had the best luck with WD. I do know that in some model/sizes of Seagate drives there was an issue that I believe a firmware update was released for. Mainly their 1TB drives but I think it affected the 750MB and the 1.5TB ones as well.

        My district bought a whole bunch of them (like 50 or so) in 1TB size to build some cheap NAS storage and we literally have had at least 30 - 40% of them fail. That is how I came across the firmware. I applied the firmware and even then some have failed since. They were under warranty so we got them replaced and two of the warriantied ones failed within a couple months.

        I then built the same type of NAS device using WD Black drives and that has been going good for a little over a year (knock on wood)
        bobiroc
      • You're lucky then with Seagate

        @RyuDarragh <br><br>I could point out a number of Seagate fumbles spanning back thru the years, the latest of which was the Barracuda 7200.11 series plus the Barracuda ES.2 and DiamondMax 22 that affected various models from 500GB to 1.5TB. Actually over 20 different Seagate drives were earmarked for treatment. It was a firmware flaw causing data on the drive to become inaccessible after power-on. <br><br>If you were the unfortunate recipient of this bug, you were left with no choice but to ship the HDD to Seagate for flash repair and data recovery (per i365 DR) or replacement. They also released preemptive DIY flash firmware which caused additional drives to brick, causing them to yank it from their support site, before offering a new and improved release.
        klumper
      • RE: Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

        @klumper

        That's the worst horror story I've read since the days of Maxtor bricks and IBM Deathstars going south back in the early 2000s

        Sad for Seagate, once one of the leaders of quality HDDs
        search &amp; destroy
      • Sad indeed

        @search & destroy<br><i>Sad for Seagate, once one of the leaders of quality HDDs.</i><br><br>All the big makers have had their share of gaffes, you pointed out a few other well known ones. Seagate had been on a roll in recent years until this setback. I move lots of drives and can tell you first hand the level of support I received from this far-reaching blunder was anything but sterling. <br><br>I also didn't appreciate the percentage of drives that were declared to be "unfixable" per in-house flash overwrites. That of course left you (or your perspective client) with the option of using their data recovery arm, at your expense. Beyond that, they replaced the defective units with ones "they" deemed equivalent or superior in specs, when sometimes they were not.<br><br>I finally had enough and contacted their corporate office. After a number of calls and written correspondences, I was assured their support incident SOPs were going to change. Whether this panned out as promised I don't know, but I do know my own i365 tickets went much smoother thereafter.<br><br>Like you said, sad for Seagate, once the industry leader.
        klumper
  • RE: Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

    When I started shopping for an upgrade, I found the new Hitachi 2TB 7K3000 drive was actually selling at a better price point than their own 3TB drive (which also lists for less than this Seagate 3TB), so I went with it instead. I've been using Hitachi for years and never had an issue with one.
    mjbernier
  • RE: Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive that plays nice with Windows XP, PC BIOS

    Reminds me of when I paid $250 for a 250M drive a few years ago, and it replaced a 40 M drive. So with cheaper dollars and much, much more storage, it doesn't look bad. I'm sure you can do better as one responder said. I am still running XP, at least until the OEM disk drive dies. At that time I will probably upgrade to a new PC. Who knows what will be available then? W8?
    dhays